The Arc of Dauphin County is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1953 by a group of parents wanting a better life for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization began at a time when children with intellectual disabilities were typically sent to live in state facilities, away from their families. The parents that founded The Arc of Dauphin County wanted to keep their children at home and advocated for their education.
As services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have progressed over time, The Arc has adapted its programs and activities to meet the changing needs of the consumers and their families as well as reacting to the availability of funding and the federal and state governments’ objectives. One example of a change impacting the organization is the movement from segregated services to the push for true community integration. Furthermore, as the pace of change affecting societal views of individuals with disabilities increases, The Arc must continue to be a strong voice and advocate for those served by the organization. Our goal is to be a proactive, nimble organization, delivering high quality services and building a supportive community, which will expand the opportunities for individuals with special needs. As a not for profit organization, all dollars received go exclusively to mission fulfillment.